John Sarbanes and John Delaney also win as Democrats roll statewide
Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly backed all available Democratic congressional candidates Tuesday, turning out strong for Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen, Reps. John Sarbanes (D-3) and John Delaney (D-6) and Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).
Next door in Prince George’s County, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) resurrected his political career two years after losing the 2014 gubernatorial race by winning the open fourth congressional district.
Van Hollen won 74.8 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted, Sarbanes won 72.4 percent of the vote with 92 percent of the precincts counted, Delaney won 68.5 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts counted and Raskin won 74 percent of the vote with 98 percent of the precincts counted.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, as expected, did not fare well in the County only winning 19.9 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted compared with 74.3 percent for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump won the presidency despite losing Maryland 59.5 percent to 34.8 percent.
On Wednesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who before the Republican National Convention said he would not vote for Trump, released a statement congratulating Trump and his running mate.
“I offer my congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump and to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and will work with the new administration on behalf of all Marylanders,” Hogan said in a statement. “Now is the time for all of us to come together to find real solutions to the problems we face as a country.
County Council member Sidney Katz (D-3), who attended Van Hollen’s election party, said Democrats, Republican and Independents “are just going to be so very glad for this [election] to be over.” And that afterward, “get back to working together,” he said.
Former Maryland Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor Doug Gansler was less hopeful of a Trump presidency.
“I saw Donald Trump’s name, and it actually made me sick to my stomach, just the idea, he’s allowed to be on the ballot,” Gansler said.
Long lines in Baltimore County and Baltimore City delayed the announcement of election results by the Board of Election (BOE) as BOE must wait until all those in line have voted before results are announced according to Jim Shalleck, president of the Montgomery County BOE.
In Montgomery County, there was mixed results, as some voters brisk through polling places and other had to wait in long lines, according to Shalleck.
“It was very short. Only five deep. The entire process from walking into the building to walking out took 15 minutes,” said Bethesda resident Mark Epstein. “The longest portion was getting the worker at the check-in desk to spell my name properly.”
Bethesda resident Lorri McMann said when she went to vote in the morning at her precinct at North Bethesda Middle School lines were the longest she had seen in 10 years.
“I had to bail out,” McMann said. “My child’s parent-teacher conferences (was) this morning.”
McMann said she returned to her precinct in the early evening and said the lines were much shorter.
“Smooth sailing–maybe 6 people ahead of me in line and we were helped immediately and efficiently,” she said.”
In local issue, to the dismay of all nine members of the County Council, County Council voted in favor of passing term limits amending the County Charter to limit council member and the County Executive terms to three four year terms.
Voters decided in favor of term limits, referred to as Question B on the ballot 68.9 percent in favor and 31.1 percent against with 264 of the 267 precincts counted.
The term limit referendum will now prevent four members of the County Council – Marc Elrich (D-At large), George Leventhal (D-at large), and Nancy Floreen (d-at large, Roger Berliner (D-1) and County Executive Ike Leggett (D) from running for another term.
While the voters chose term limits they also voted in favor of Question C, which would only count a partial term of two or more years as a full term.
Question C, will only affect Council member Nancy Navarro (D-4), whose first term on the council was a partial one when she first elected to the council in 2009.
Three Judicial seats were on the ballot, Judicial Circuit Six, Special Appeals at Large and Appellate Circuit Seven.
In a close election, Karla Smith won 35.2 percent of the vote to John Maloney 35.02 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted for the Judicial Circuit Six race.
Voters also decided to retain Dan Friedman with 86.2 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts’ counted.
In the last judicial election, voters decided to retain Patrick Woodward for Special appeals judge for Appellate Circuit Seven with 87 percent of the vote with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.
Additionally, voters chose school board representatives for the Montgomery County Board of Education.
They elected Jeanette Dixon with 55.9 percent of the vote for an at-large seat to oust incumbent Phil Kauffman; Rebecca Smondrowski to the District 2 seat with 66.7 percent of the vote; and Shebra Evan to the open District 4 seat with 68 percent of the vote.